Whether you’re a newbie to winter sports or a skiing aficionado looking to dash down the most challenging black runs, taking time to plan your trip is absolutely essential. From bringing the right gear, nailing the perfect accommodation and getting the best training while you’re out there, you can never be too prepared to make bombing down the slopes as stress-free as possible.
From ski schools that will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to nail those runs and guides who will tour you around the best destinations, to easy-to-pack kit and brilliant equipment rental packs, this guide has everything you need know, so you’re as prepped as possible for your next winter getaway.
You’ve got all the kit, now work out where you want to go with our guide to the best ski resorts in Europe.
Why not tie your wintery trip in with a visit to one of Europe’s magical Christmas markets.
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1. Enrol at the cool school
Forget everything you’ve heard about education standards going downhill – the passionate teachers at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School in the French Alps are a breath of fresh air. This one-stop academy for wannabe winter sports stars hosts lessons at Val-d’Isère, La Plagne, Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Tania, Grand Bornand, Megève and the Ubaye Valley, and they guarantee that you’ll leave their company loving the slopes as much as they do.